No, Android isn’t yet commercially available. But, if it were, you could be running your web-server straight from your Android handset with an Android port of the Jetty open-source web-server. Called iJetty, the Android version of Jetty allows any Android handset to use the Java app to run their very own mobile web-server.
Webtide’s developers crunched out the Android OS port of Jetty “really fast,” and the biggest challenge in porting the platform to Android was getting used to the Android emulator.
iJetty loads as a servelet that enables a mobile web-server that runs AJAX or Comet-enabled websites from their Android phone. iJetty allows users to control the web-server while on-the-go. The real draw here is the prospect of running a dynamic mobile website straight from your mobile phone! Imagine that – going about your day with your website literally in your pocket. Of course, the iJetty will put a serious load on your wireless data-connection. – you might want to check to see if that unlimited data plan of your is truly unlimited (ahem, Verizon). But, given the processing limitations of mobile phones, it might be best to use iJetty in conjunction with a web-server that can handle more than a few connections at a time.
Conversely, iJetty allows users to control their handsets from a remote laptop/desktop. Webtide is pushing iJetty as a way to remotely access your mobile phone’s functions and features. With iJetty running on your Android handset, you can log into your mobile phone to make phone calls, manage call logs, view address books, check your SMS text messages – all from your home computer.
As mobile phones get more powerful and high-speed mobile broadband becomes more ubiquitous in everyday life, it’s not too far a stretch to imagine everyone running around with websites stuffed in their pockets or purses. And, with projects like iJetty making the prospect of mobile website a serious reality, that sort of a future may indeed be on the horizon.
iJetty is available in stable form now. So, if you want to check it out, head on over to Google Code for the download link. Now, there’s just that little matter of waiting for Android phones to become a commercial reality.